Rozzie Marks her Return to San Francisco
with Two Nights at Feinstein’s at the Nikko
Friday, November 8 (8pm) and Saturday, November 9 (7pm), 2013
When you’ve made your television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, there’s really no place to have gone but up. For Roslyn Kind, her February 1969 performance on the show was no exception. In fact, she made several more appearances — putting her spin on songs such as Paul McCartney’s “The Fool on the Hill” and Peter Udell’s “Purlie,” as well as performing the title track from her own debut album, “Give Me You”.
Kind continued to perform early on in clubs across the country, from Los Angeles and San Francisco to D.C. and New York — where she had an extremely well reviewed run in the Plaza Hotel’s iconic Persian Room. She also continued on the television circuit — making appearances on programs like The Merv Griffin Show and The Tonight Show.
Rozzie (as she’s known by friends) even appeared as a featured musical performer on an episode of Saturday Night Live, during its second season in 1977. Never mind that the show’s host that night was her brother-in-law, Elliott Gould, who introduced her as “my son Jason’s aunt, Rozzie Kind.”
One of Rozzie’s first club dates, the same year as her Ed Sullivan debut, was in San Francisco’s iconic North Beach nightclub, the hungry i. Owned by Enrico Banducci, the club played host to an array of notable talent including Bill Cosby, Lenny Bruce, Dick Cavett and Woody Allen, helping in no small part to elevate their careers. In fact, Barbra Streisand, a veritable unknown at the time, played a series of shows there in 1963 – so it only seems fitting that her younger sister should perform on the same stage just six short years later. (Did I forget to mention Rozzie is Barbra’s sister?)
San Francisco hasn’t seen nearly enough of Rozzie in the last decades (she’s been rather busy playing small venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center — when she’s not touring Europe).
Roslyn Kind and Barbra Streisand in London, June 1, 2013
Apart from a few appearances, including a limited engagement in The Fairmont’s Venetian Room in 1992 and a star-studded charity benefit at the Herbst Theater for the Erman AIDS Foundation in 2006, she’s neglected us terribly! We’ve been very patient, so her upcoming performances — November 8th & 9th at Feinstein’s at the Nikko will help us to forgive her extended absence — because, as one reviewer put it, “Roslyn Kind is what you get for being good.”
Feinstein’s at The Nikko, 222 Mason Street, San Francisco.